Alaska Dispatch Article

Very interesting, doesn't say anything about the first two backpackers running. I had read the same thing (about the running) as well. From the description of the terrain there wasn't anywhere they could run to, not to mention how difficult it would be to run with a full expedition pack on. It sounds like they are thinking this was the equivalent of two adversaries meeting in a blind alley, with the bear initially thinking it was only encountering a single individual.

YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.